When you think of Kansas you might think of Oz, gentle people, and lovely farmland, but it’s also a real estate hotbed. Kansas home values increased by six percent last year and, according to Zillow, this value will rise even more by than three percent in the coming year.
Since houses are more in demand in Kansas, you might think about your own Kansas kitchen. Why? Kitchen remodels are a wise investment. The kitchen is the most used room in the house, and when buyers come to visit, it’s often the room that stays in their mind the longest. And kitchen trends have pushed way beyond the traditional stove, fridge, and sink. If you want your kitchen to stand out, you might need to renovate.
The Kansas City Star notes that the number of remodelers in the construction industry is increasing, since renovating one’s space is affordable, and often greener, compared to building from scratch. The kitchen remodelers on this list can do a luxury remodel, and they can do a remodel on a tight budget, and either way, the value of your home will increase. We chose these contractors for their awards, their certifications, credentials of their principals, and their overall portfolio.
14) Stumpff Homeworks
Website | 913-488-3645 | 7720 W 64th Ter., Overland Park, KS 66202
A remodeler that can deliver some of the most beautiful kitchen remodels in Kansas, Stumpff Homeworks has been creating kitchens from scratch and remodeling others since 2011. A member of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (KC NARI), principal Thomas Stumpff has been running the firm since its establishment.
One of Stumpff’s best kitchen remodels has white cabinets, with grey and blue zig-zag tiles for a contrasting background. Ratan chairs painted in white with blue ribbons accessorize the kitchen’s center island.
13) Bella Kitchens
Website | 816-868-8023 | 7930 Santa Fe Dr. Suite #100, Overland Park, KS 66204
For Bella Kitchens owner and designer Jill Painter, the role of the kitchen is changing. It used to be just a place for cooking and casual dining, but today technology is reshaping the kitchen something resembling a living room.
Bella Kitchen’s projects can be seen as a kind kitchen-library fusion; they are meant to be inviting places to browse and contemplate. The open space concept, along with the center island with a rustic dark teal finish, provides shelving space for books. The elevated wine storage encourages lingering moments with a glass of red and a good read. Ratan chairs can be found on the side of the island, and allow it to serve double duty as a table.
Jill Painter has a specialization in space planning and design for kitchens and baths, a degree in Interior Design from Kansas State University, and 22 years of design experience. She and her gorgeous work has appeared in publications such as Kansas City Homes and Gardens and Kansas City Homes & Style.
12) Kansas City Kitchen Remodeling
Website | 816-307-2007 | 1301 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Kansas City Kitchen Remodeling offers high-end kitchen remodeling at affordable prices. The firm also provides refinishing and refacing if clients want an updated look without the complete commitment of a refinish. Over the last decade, the firm has assembled a team of adept remodeling contractors in Kansas City to make sure that the customers’ needs are always met.
The featured photo shows a full kitchen redesign and remodel completed in Overland Park. This kitchen remodel reshaped the space through innovative cabinets. This traditional kitchen is finished with ocean-hued walls, grey bricks, and a modern, circular island with grey marble countertop. Circular brass lamps illuminate the island as well.
11) MSC Enterprises, Inc.
Website | 816-510-6978 | 1125 SW Whitney Dr., Lee Summit, MO 64083
Award-winning MSC Enterprises has been offering its kitchen remodeling services to Belton, Grandview, Greenwood, and Kansas City for almost two decades. The firm has won prestigious awards including both first prize and “All Star Mention” at the NARI Remodeling Awards Program. It also takes part in the Annual NARI Remodeled Homes Tour every spring, where people can see the work MSC Enterprises has completed.
The firm is also part of KC NARI. Vice president Austin Cornell has served as board president of the association, where his plans include focusing on workforce development. MSC Enterprises has done kitchens in several styles, including craftsman, where it incorporates wood motifs through the cabinets, the island, and the floors themselves. Background colors are usually white, or lighter colors. The firm also favors traditional kitchens with classic elements. Such kitchens bring interesting possibilities when it comes to accessories, like triangular lamps over the island.
10) Armstrong Kitchens
Website | 913-642-3337 | 9310 W 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212
Armstrong Kitchens has been a multiple year winner in the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) as well as in NARI, where it has won Remodeler of the Year (REMY) Gold Awards. It also has prizes like the Home of the Year and Remodel of the Year in KCH&G Magazine on its CV.
Owner and designer Kristeen Armstrong-Scott is a Certified Kitchen Designer, and she is also a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design and Business. She also teaches college level Advanced Kitchen and Bath Design for the only NKBA affiliated college program in the three state area (KS, NE, MO). She has been an Associate Professor at Johnson County Community College in this capacity for 17 years. Interestingly enough, Armstrong-Scott began as a cabinet maker and learned many aspects of the business as she moved up the industry. She inherited Armstrong Cabinets from original founders Mark and Betty Armstrong after they retired. As her company grew, she transitioned from cabinets to kitchens and rebranded her company, Armstrong Kitchens. In 2003, Armstrong-Scott was voted into the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Kansas City. A respected resource person on kitchens and baths, she has published articles in the likes of Women’s World Magazine, Kitchen & Bath Business, and Women’s Day magazines, among others.
Armstrong Kitchens experiments with unique kitchen styles, with some not recognized or attempted by other kitchen remodelers. Examples are Sunny Small Kitchen, Bistro (with columns in the upper floor, complementing a terrazzo marble floor), Professional Chef’s Kitchen (with a baker’s rack by the window), and Mid-century Modern (which has cafe table that overlaps to quartz work counters).
9) City Wide Remodelers
Website | 816-942-1993 | 9736 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114
City Wide Remodelers is one of the most established remodelers in Kansas City, has been around for six decades, and with three generations behind the firm’s growth. The firm has won accolades like the 2011 REMY Kitchen Remodel Honorable Mention and the 2018 NARI REMY Remodeler of the Year for Interior Remodel $75,000 to $150,000. It is also a part of KC NARI. Owner Mike Brocato is an expert at construction, sales management, and strategic planning.
The firm’s kitchen remodels have leaned towards craftsman designs, with the expected emphasis on wood furniture, cabinets, island, and flooring.
8) Kitchens by Kleweno
Website | 816-531-3968 | 4034 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
Having been around for more than 60 years, Kitchens by Kleweno has proven to be one of the most reliable remodelers of lovely and useful kitchen remodels. The firm can provide kitchens in many aesthetic styles, including contemporary, modern, rustic, French, and eclectic.
Randy Sisk partnered with the company’s founder, Merle Kleweno, in 1985 and took sole ownership in 1998. Randy’s professional roots in residential construction and passion for excellence in functional and innovative design, the highest quality cabinets and unmatched customer service continue the Kleweno legacy as the most trusted kitchen design studio in the Kansas City area. Randy’s kitchen and bath designs have been featured in national home décor publications, kitchen and bath magazines, and numerous Kansas City area publications. He is also a volunteer for community service organizations focused on youth development.
Kitchens by Kleweno has also been featured in many media outfits, including the cover of the 2019 edition of Kansas City Homes & Style Magazine.
7) Cabinet Reface
Website | 913-894-8455 | 13902 W 108th St., Lenexa, KS 66215
Cabinet Reface has won many remodeling awards from NARI for its kitchen remodels over the years. These include the 2013 Gold REMY Award for Kitchen Remodel under $20,000 and more in other categories. The firm also took the 2012 NARI REMY Award for Kitchen Remodel Under $40,000, and the 2011 NARI REMY Award for Kitchen Remodel $40,000 to $80,000, Winner and All-Star. And, if that wasn’t enough, the firm was NARI’s Award Winning Remodeler for eight years in a row.
Cabinet Reface’s unique refacing procedure enables it to save the good parts and fix the bad parts of each kitchen, and thus each client gets a unique designer project suitable to their budget. The firm is also flexible enough to work with any designer that a client might bring into the project.
Cabinet Reface promises to use top quality materials and supports them with a lifetime warranty. It can also do partial services, if budget is an issue, or if minor work is all that is required. Such services include custom cabinets, cabinet refacing, custom molding and woodwork, kitchen island installation, countertops, kitchen tile backsplashes, appliance installation, and custom entertainment centers.
Principal Mike Marusak is a local that knows the state. He has lived in Kansas since 1997 and has a business degree from Alma College in Michigan, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University. Before he had his own remodeling company, he was a territory manager, a project manager, and a marketing and sales manager in the industry.
6) Granite Transformations
Website | 913-492-7600 | 14125 Marshall Dr., Lenexa, KS 66215
The winner of the inaugural Global Franchisee of the Year Award, Granite Transformations achieved this first by being a quality, affordable provider of an alternative to kitchen countertops. It also provides mosaic tile backsplashes and a thorough one-day resurfacing process. The firm is headed by husband and wife team, Paul and Amy Whitaker.
The firm is also NSF certified, recognized by Greenguard, a member of the US Green Building Council, and members of Vet Fran and the IFA. It has also achieved the highest installation revenue among all worldwide locations and has a great growth rate of 16 percent annually.
The firm prides itself on a less-stress, more eco-friendly countertop replacement procedure. Granite’s surfaces can be installed right over existing countertops as countertop overlay, so there’s no need for time-consuming, messy demolition. Granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns just right for kitchens. The firm also uses premium quality quartz, granite, and recycled glass, so the material is no burden to the environment.
5) Jericho Home Improvements
Website | 913-596-0000 | 1954 Foxridge Dr., Kansas City, KS 66106
Jericho’s background is a Cinderella story. The firm began in a basement in 2009; six years later, it collected an impressive $12 million in revenue. It has also remodeled over 800 kitchens and rooms. CEO John Bartrom told Remodeling Magazine that the company made big strides in a short amount of time because of “hard work and careful planning.” Jericho Home also attributes its success due to media exposure, especially in radio and TV. Yet another success secret hiding in plain sight: hiring great people and treating them well. The firm has been awarded Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 Award, and the President’s Award for Showplace, among others.
When it comes to kitchen remodels, Jericho Home provides free design services. And if a partial remodel is all that is required, Jericho knows how to give your kitchen a selective facelift on a budget. The firm offers a 100 percent money back guarantee.
4) Mission Kitchen & Bath
Website | 913-362-4242 | 5845 Horton St. Suite #201, Mission, KS 66202
Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler Al Felman has owned and operated Mission Kitchen & Bath since 1977 and is now in their 25th year. It had won many awards since then, such as over 30 remodeling awards (REMY’s), as well as the Remodeler of the Year All-Star Award. It has also been awarded as Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 Award in 2015, a NARI Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler since 2003 and has the highest rated by positive reviews for kitchen & bath remodeling in the market by Angie’s List. Part of the firm’s success is having a certified lead carpenter and in-house interior designer. The firm is willing to work with a client’s budget and has reasonable rates.
Mission Kitchen & Bath walks clients through a protocol when booking them for kitchen remodels. The firm wants to ensure that the homeowners have the calendar time for the remodel’s demands. The team will inquire about the role of new appliances in the makeover, and finally, they will ask a prospective client to list the elements they have always liked about the original kitchen so that decisions about retaining or reinvigorating those elements can be made. Then comes listing the things the client dislikes about their kitchen.
All of that preparation and discussion allows the client and the firm to decide what to prioritize. Before the project even begins they’ll have a clear idea how each of the new elements will serve its purpose, and precisely what the budget will look like.
3) KC Home Solutions
Website | 913-780-4498 | 13480 S Arapaho Dr. Suite #101, Olathe, KS 66062
Principal Nick Shepard has worked many roles in construction across two decades. He started as a laborer on home build sites and then became one of Kansas City’s foremost custom home builders. One of Shepard’s greatest accomplishments was excelling as Vice President of Operations of a logistics company worth $25 million, even as the construction economy was waning. It was after that that he established KC Home Solutions.
KC Home Solutions is a nine-time KC NARI REMY Award winner and a 2016 KC NARI Remodel of the Year Best of Show Award winner. One of the most trusted remodelers in Kansas, he is both a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City and KC NARI.
2) Kitchen Design Gallery, Inc.
Website | 913-492-8887 | 13406 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa, KS 66215
Kitchen Design Gallery is responsible for some of the most exquisite, functional kitchen remodels in Kansas. The firm has proven itself with numerous remodeler awards such as being the 2014 NKBA National Award Winner for Universal Design and the 2010 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner. Kitchen Design Gallery also won four regional CotY Awards. If that’s not enough, the firm also won the 2012 NARI REMY Award in Kitchen Remodel, the 2011 KCH&G Award for Best Kitchen Remodel, the 2010 NARI CotY Award for Regional Winner Residential Kitchen, and the 2010 NKBA Award Kansas/Nebraska Chapter for Best Ever Contest First Place Category Large Kitchen. This basket of prestigious awards points to Kitchen Design quality remodels that are beautiful and useful at the same time.
Some of the firm’s most attractive kitchen projects are rustic-inspired: the cabinets come in vivid colors but have a patina finish. And then there are the tiles with various patterns and designs: the result is a charming, eclectic look.
Another unique and notable project of Kitchen Design is a kitchen made for a senior couple. The kitchen was opened up, countertop workspace was increased, and appliances were fully integrated. Walls that separated the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room were removed so these areas can blend in, and the owners can have easy mobility.
1) Kitchen Studio
Website | 816-221-3111 | 520 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez, Kansas City, MO 64108
In Kitchen Studio’s short 10 years of existence, it has already assembled a team of top quality contractors in Kansas for the remodeling needs of its clients. It has also won some impressive awards, like the Crystal Cabinetry 2013 Grand Prize Award and the People’s Choice Award. It was also given the KCH&G Remodel of the Year Gold Award in 2011.
Rarely do clients say that they feel like their kitchen is a five-star hotel, but that’s exactly what Susan Summerlin felt when Kitchen Studio remodeled her kitchen in Kansas City’s Country Club District. She made the remark after she saw the elegant, functional results.
Summerlin’s dream kitchen came via collaboration with Kitchen Studio, giving the firm pages of her magazine pegs. Kitchen Studio was able to deliver by giving her a kitchen that’s spacious, elegant, and comes complete with a breakfast nook. The kitchen also has enough space for cutlery, spices, and even has a special refrigerator for drinks. The list goes on: there’s a coffee bar, a floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, and original leaded glass windows. Rare caged chandeliers and a cool color scheme finished the look.